The Triumph Tour 1981
This was one of the Jacksons’ most successful tours
ever, 36 cities that grossed over $5.5 million! It began
in Memphis, Tennessee and concluded with 4 sold out shows
in Los Angeles. Rolling Stone described it as one of the
greatest live shows of the 1970’s and 80’s.
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"Victory" tour became the then-biggest tour any group had ever
Written & Designed by:
Jackson and The Jacksons
[in Association with Larry Larson]
Tour Choreographed by:
Michael and Jackie Jackson
A. Roth and James K. Chapman
[for Source Point Design]
Director of Security:
Asst. Chief of Security
Security for Marlon Jackson
Security for Jackie Jackson
Security for Tito Jackson
Security for Michael Jackson
Security for Randy Jackson
Security for Jermaine Jackson
Charles "Chuckey" Dibais
Charles E. Lee, Jr.
Specialty Costumes Designed by:
Michael Jackson and Ted Shell
Costumes Designed by:
Management - Michael Jackson:
Management - The Jacksons:
The 39 city tour
of U.S. began in Memphis, Tennessee, and concluded in Los Angeles
with a record breaking 4 sold out concerts there.
Rolling Stone magazine cited the Triumph
Tour as one of the "greatest live performances of the 70's
Van Halen and Beat It]
On July 4, 1984 Eddie Van Halen joined The Jacksons on stage
for a "Beat It" guest appearance playing electric guitar.
At the last show of the tour, performed at Dodger Stadium in
Los Angeles, Michael announced his split from The Jacksons during
"Shake Your Body [Down To The Ground]".
The "Victory" tour reportedly grossed US$ 75 million and set
a new record for the then-largest grossing tour.
Michael donated all his performance money from this tour to
charity: "For me, that was what the "Victory" tour was all
about - giving back!"
The "Torture" video was played before the concert
at some venues.
In New Jersey, Jermaine replaced "You Like Me Don't You"
with "Dynamite" which he performed during the rest of the tour.
Chuck Sullivan was the other concert promoter alongisde Don
King. Also, Frank Russo was considered for the job as tour promoter.
Mick Jagger offered to perform State of Shock live with Michael
during one of the concerts.
Jackie Jackson was the only member not present on the tour due
to a knee injury. Jackie made a full recovery and joined the
Jacksons on stage during the final show in L.A.
The stage was reportedly 90ft high and 90ft wide.
Frank Oz designed the muppet monster for the "Sword in
the Stone" intro.
The Jacksons were reportedly supposed to extend the Victory
Tour as a world tour, but Michael wrote Don King a letter telling
him he had no interest in doing so, and left the group after
the speech in Dodger Stadium.
speech announcing his split was unexpected by the Jackson brothers
and all those in the audience.
Michael had 4 new dance moves invented for the tour: Moonwalk
in place, Magic moonwalk, sidewalk in place, and forwards moonwalk.
He was not allowed to use the sidewalk, as he was confined by
his brothers wishes. The forwards moonwalk was not used, only
in Dallas for one night. Plus, Billie Jean was not as polished
due to this confinement, hence he had more freedom to choreograph
his work on the BAD Tours and onward.
Notable celebs who attended the show included: Emmanuel Lewis,
Cindi Lauper, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Eric Estrada,
Andy Warhol, Sir Paul McCartney, Julian and Sean Lennon, Yoko
Ono, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Smokey
Robinson, Billy Joel, Brooke Shields, Eddie Van Halen, David
Lee Roth, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, James Brown, and Chuck
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Jermaine Jackson - Bass
Tito Jackson - Guitar
Randy Jackson - Keyboards/Congas
Rory Kaplan - Keyboards
Pat Leonard - Keyboards
Jonathan Moffett - Drums
David Williams - Guitars
Jai Winding - Keyboards
Gregg Wright - Guitars
Tour - Setlist Included
Can You Feel it
Things I Do For You
Off the Wall
Heartbreak Hotel (This Place Hotel)
She's Out of My Life
Rock With You
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